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Wed, Aug 03


Dublin-Killarney/Tralee & Return

The Premier Rose Railtour August 2022

NEARLY 5 HOURS IN KILLARNEY OR 3 HOURS IN TRALEE Pick up at Dublin Connolly, Portarlington, Portlaoise & Mallow. Featuring an very rare chance to travel over the scenic Kerry branch in a locomotive-operated mkIV coaching set. **Please note we are unable to accept travel passes on this special**

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The Premier Rose Railtour August 2022
The Premier Rose Railtour August 2022

Time & Location

Aug 03, 2022, 10:00 AM – Aug 04, 2022, 10:00 AM

Dublin-Killarney/Tralee & Return


About the event


For information on group rates, email .

Pack of FREE badges with every "Rose Class" or "First Class" order. 


Dept Dublin Connolly 09:20, return for 22:00

Dept Kildare 09:57, return for 21:20

Dept Portarlington 10:10, return for 21:07

Dept Portlaoise 10:21 return for 20:57

Dept Mallow 12:06, return for 19:21 approx.

Arrive Killarney 13:18, depart 18:15

Arrive Tralee 14:35, dept 17:35

Option of just under 5 hours  to spend in Killarney or 3 hours in Tralee.

Catering service available.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Rare opportunity for 201 class haulage on the Tralee line.

Featuring stands from various Irish railway heritage societies.

**Payment also available by bank transfer - contact us for details**

Our first ever railtour, the "Premier Rose", will take place on Saturday 20th August 2022. This will be a diesel-hauled day out from Dublin to Kerry, with an option of an approximately five hour break in Killarney or three hours at the line's end in Tralee. For rail enthusiasts, this is a very rare chance to travel by locomotive-worked train on the scenic Kerry branch line. Not only that, it is an even rarer opportunity to travel in mkIV push-pull carriages off the Cork mainline, including both the Kerry line and the Connolly-Islandbridge Junction line across north Dublin. Neither of these lines normally see locomotive-worked passenger services so this will be a true treat. The locomotive will be a member of the 1990s EMD-built 201 class locomotives, which these days are a very rare visitor to the Tralee line. 

Any profit raised from the running of this diesel railtour will be donated by our railtour committee to voluntary-run heritage railways across Ireland, which have lost up to two years of revenue during the pandemic. These will include the Cavan & Leitrim Railway, Donegal Railway Heritage Centre, Belturbet Heritage Railway Station, the Downpatrick & County Down Railway, and the Stradbally Woodland Railway.

The name of the tour, "Premier Rose" reflects both the heritage of the former Great Southern & Western Railway over which we will travel, known as Ireland's 'premier line', and the famous Rose of Tralee festival, set to commence in the titular town the weekend of our visit. 

The carriages booked for this tour are wheelchair accessible. 

We have a limited number of First Class seats available, which will each come with a complimentary gift pack.

Departure will be from Connolly station, Dublin, will be at 10:00, with an arrival back for 21:59.  Pick ups are also available in Portarlington, Portlaoise and Mallow. There will be some photostops en route to allow participants the opportunity to photograph a 201 class locomotive and mkIV carraige set in some unusual locations.

Passengers boarding at Portarlington and Portlaoise should choose the Dublin fare.

Please note due to the fundraising nature of this event we cannot offer concessions or accept passes.

For any queries please feel free to contact the organisers by emailing

If you prefer to pay by another method, please get in touch with us at the email above.

A combo rate is available for those wishing to book both this and our "Wild Rose" railtour the following day. 

Cancellation Policy

Due to the fundraising nature of this event we regret that tickets once purchased cannot be refunded.


  • SW Pass fare to Kerry & Return

    Travel from Dublin, Kildare, Portarington or Portlaoise to Killarney or Tralee & Return, valid on the "Premier Rose" charter only. Special rate authorised by N Kelly 31/7/22 We regret that tickets once purchased cannot be refunded or exchanged.

    +€0.75 service fee
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  • Irish Enterprise loco badge

    Price includes postage

    +€0.25 service fee
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  • Irish loco badge pack of 4

    Pack of four special edition Irish locomotive badges. Includes Overseas postage. Badges are Enterprise GM, Mk4 Control Car, GS&WR No.36 and a surprise loco.

    +€0.63 service fee
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  • Running cost donation

    If you don't wish to travel but would like to make a donation towards making this fundraising tour a success, you can select this option. *Note our payments provider deducts approximately 3% in processing fees.

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